IC3 Warns of Criminals Using Mug Shots to Extort Victims
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received hundreds of complaints from individuals claiming to have found their mug shots posted on various websites. Some of these individuals have stated they were juveniles at the time of their arrests and their records were sealed—and therefore not available to the public. Others have said that the information posted was either incorrect or blatantly false.
When victims requested that the photos be removed from the sites, they were asked to provide copies of their driver’s licenses, court records, and other personal identifying information—putting them at risk for identity theft. They were also told they had to pay a fee…but even then, some pictures were not removed—or if they were taken off one site, they were then posted to a similar site. If victims threatened to report the websites for unlawful practice, the websites’ owners threatened to escalate the damaging information against the victims. If you’ve had a similar experience, please file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.
KRIV FOX 26
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Attention: Isiah Carey, Fox26.com
Dear Mr. Carey:
We at scamFRAUDalert have reviewed the YouTube VIDEO reporting on the website
PredatorsWatch.com which is less than 24 hours old and would like for you to make the necessary correction to your report.
You stated in your report that the website predatorswatch.com is associated with an individual from NIGERIA. This is TOTALLY UNTRUE. As we were one of the first to report on this site, your characterization of an individual from NIGERIA as being the owner is misleading and we at scamFRAUDalert are appalled that a respectable news organization such as FOX NEWS would report inaccurate information.
Please see scamFRAUDalert investigation of predatorswatch.com link provided below.
Your cooperation in assisting the PUBLIC with ACCURATE information would go a long way than misleading and inaccurate information.
Thank you for your cooperation.